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Bridging the Gender Gap – Implementing Digital Financial Literacy for Women
Hosted by DFI, SIA and FinEquity this webinar will explore the role of Digital Financial Literacy (DFL) in addressing the gender gap in women’s access and use of digital financial services; the key enablers that support digital financial literacy; and the principles of good DFL program design.

Digital Financial Services (DFS) are widely considered to offer real opportunity in improving women’s financial inclusion and economic empowerment. However, it is not as simple as just adding mobile phones or designing new products. Digital Financial Literacy – the ability to comfortably use DFS, is one of the barriers affecting access and use of DFS.

We will explore the challenges around DFL, the range of competencies involved and how social norms, culture and context need to be considered in the design and implementation. FinEquity will share key findings from their synthesis developed from a 3-week e-discussion from thought, ideas and experiences of their community members. SIA will share their experiences and learnings from the “Hey Sister! Show me The Mobile Money!” DFL program delivered in Ghana.

As well as highlighting key issues and considerations, we want share lessons learned, the different facets to consider in DFL and what the path forward looks like.

Aug 25, 2021 03:00 PM in Johannesburg

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Sophie Romana
Consultant, Gender and Women Economic Empowerment @Strategic Impact Advisors
Sophie is an international consultant specializing in gender, women’s economic empowerment and financial inclusion. Passionate about smart capital and gender equity, she’s currently developing a digital financial literacy campaign for women with Strategic Impact Advisors and a Gender Lens Investment Framework with the World Council of Credit Unions, both projects are financed by USAID. In the past she’s led Oxfam’s Community Finance Department (2011-2018) and prior to that has worked in private equity and in humanitarian relief in Madagascar, Rwanda, and Bosnia. She currently serves on the Board of Root Capital. She’s a graduate from La Sorbonne (Law) and Columbia Business School (MBA). A dual French-American citizen she lives in Maine.
Wisdom Alorwuse
Africa Director @Strategic Impact Advisors
Wisdom Alorwuse is a digital inclusion specialist with ten years’ experience in program design and management. He is recognized for his expertise in digital financial services, digitizing agricultural value chains, branchless banking, and information technology. He currently serves as Africa Director with Strategic Impact Advisors. As a lead in Africa, he manages a vibrant team of industry experts. Recently, Wisdom has led digital transformation projects in Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. A graduate of the University of Cape Coast (Ghana), Wisdom holds an MBA from UCAM University (Spain). He currently is a peer at Digital Frontiers Institute. Wisdom has an intense enthusiasm for digital agriculture, digital financial services, women’s economic empowerment and financial inclusion
Catherine Highet
Technology Lead @CGAP/FinEquity
Catherine Highet leads the Digitally-Enabled Financial Inclusion learning theme at FinEquity. Prior to this role, she worked with the GSMA Connected Women program and FHI 360, focusing on digital inclusion activities, including DFS, digital identity, and gender equality. Catherine has also consulted for several digital development partners in the public and private sector, including the World Bank, the Web Foundation, Mozilla, and BBC Media Action. Catherine holds a Master’s Degree in Education from University College London.